This weekend marks not only the wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving, but also the start of the Advent season. I love a simple Advent calendar design during this very busy time of year, we used balloons!

To make the countdown, I quickly blew up balloons and stuck sweet little notes of love and messages for festive family activities inside by writing on and rolling up strips of paper. Then I marked the balloon fronts for their day with a gold stamp and hung the entire display on the wall with glue dots.

The kids practiced popping a couple and I think this is going to be a very special month for them.

These balloons would be just as festive holding special activities to look forward to even without kids- think sweet ideas, like cocoa by the fire or choosing a new comfy blanket to curl up with.

PS. Here is a list of family activities you could include. Plus other pretty Advent calendars here, here, here and here.

blessings.